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Sundance Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-12-2003)
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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.8%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a firm head that persists nicely and delivers a smattering of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel

Taste: Lots of biscuity caramel up front, with a modest metallic, but spicy, hop element that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt bill takes over and provides a rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really for those who prefer a malty amber, this beer is easy to consume but not particularly memorable

brentk56, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an average beer for an average style. Decent red color and mild bready, malty flavor. The body falls a little light, which makes the beer thin and tasting a little metalic (may be hop related). Leaves a less-than-clean maltiness on the toung. The hops are quite assertive; though I like it, this throws the beer a bit more out of style. Good to chase down a meal, or quaff down in a pinch, but not one to seek out or make a big deal about.

BEERchitect, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-influenced orange with a slight reddish blush. The cap is on the large side, persists for a bit and eventually results in sheet-like lace several inches above its receding surface. The nose is an equal mix of caramel malt and citric-spicy hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

The beer is a bit of a letdown on the palate. My first impressions are: mild flavor, metallic notes, thin mouthfeel. Despite the decently robust nose, the malt structure is on the wimpy side. The hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) should be outstanding, but are barely noticed. They provide a little flavor and a smidgen of bitterness, but that's about it. The metallic flavor fades after the first few mouthfuls, as it so often does.

Sundance Amber isn't bad beer, but it certainly isn't good beer either. More malt and more hops (the basics, basically) would be a good starting point to pull this beer up to the ranks of respectability in the American Amber/Red Ale category.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear light amber to copper color with a thinner white head but I nice sheet of lace was left behind as it settled.Lightly roasted malt and juicy fruit in the nose not much hop profile but this is a more traditional malt drived amber ale here,malt driven is the key here light carmale sweentess and some buttery toffee-like flavors overtop of a light roastedness with not much of a hop profile to speak of but for what it is its pretty darn good.A lighter quaffing amber better than alot of others amber ales out there,I would have again given the chance.

oberon, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a copper hue with a one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and hops. There was also a spice-like aroma.

T - It tasted very malty with a slight hoppiness. It also was sweet at the back of the tongue.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good amber. Nothing too special but it is certainly worth a try.

zeff80, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear heavily ruby toned gold with a thick head. Slight hop nose with not much else going on really. Flavor is too thin like the Pass Time Pale Ale I tried last. Almost watered down and overall weak. You get those characteristics you expect from the style, but there is no grace or beauty about it. Just lacking overall. Mouthfeel is good, but with so little to offer, the drinkability stays low.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to caramel with a 2 finger deep white head> Slight head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Malt & caramel give way to alcohol as the beer warms

Taste: Caramel sweetness and slight bitterness on the tounge with some nuttiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Slightly chewy, malt character comes through, a little undercarbonated

Fairly drinkable just nothing special

russpowell, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good God, what possessed them to put this out, the need to satisfy the mindless masses who wouldn't want anything beyond a Coors Light or...what?
Appearance: clear, perfectly ambery color, bordering on bronze, with a decent 1/4 " cream-toned head.
Some presence on the palate at first,but very quickly vanishing. Almost no hops, as they didn't show in the nose, either. Malt is smooth and somewhat tasty, easy-going, eager to please. A bit flat in the end and, while a perfectly perfunctory, adequate ale, that ain't what I likes, and I'll never revisit this again, nossir!
Another BA referred to this as "insipid": Accoding to Webster's: 1. without distinctive or interesting qualities, 2.... without sufficient taste or flavor. I'd say this fits both definitions. There's nothing going on here, folks...look away..go on home, show's over...Boring, boring, boring..it'll be a trial to finish this 6-pack, and then, hopefully, happier days will come, when I'll have better brews filling the fridge!

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and roasted barley scent. It is also dry and mildly hoppy. The taste is good. It has a decent malt base that is composed of pale and light crystal malts. It's smooth and hoppy on the finish. The floral hops stand out; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the best I've had, but it's solid.

WesWes, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of smcolw
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber and clear; excellent head. Little sticky lace.

Smells of wet autumn leaves. No hop spice; neutral malt smell. Disappointing.

The taste is an improvement, but not by much. The aroma still predominates the flavor here, although there is a hop presence. The malt tastes "dirty"; not like dirt, but unclean. Still the body is solid and the carbonation fits.

I'd avoid this one. I'll finish it but will not buy another.

smcolw, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 2" head. Some light lace spots develops onthe glass.

Smell: some sweet caramel candy tones is all that's detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and some mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a nice session beer. Worth a try.

Gavage, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, found in a deli in midtown NYC, go figure. Pours a light orangy amber, clear, average head, small bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Bready/hoppy nose. Balanced amber ale, decent malt base and resiny hops at the back end. Starter micro, godd session brew. Middle of the road decent brew.

Billolick, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head covers a clear copper to gold colored beer.

A lighter aroma of caramel grain malts with maybe of touch of some hops sneaking in.

A seemingly balance taste of caramel malts and a bit of hops.

Very little aftertaste with very little tastes sticking around with this medium bodied and easy drinking amber.

Pretty easy drinking beer.

LXIXME, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Trashcat, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head. Fairly strong orange tint to this beer, but not really IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and malt with a distinct sweet tea aroma. Toasted bred and faint herbal hops complete the scent profile.

The taste starts out sweet and bready with a mild bitter aftertaste. Just a mild middle of the road ale, quite a bit like Budweiser American Ale in flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK middle of the road type of ale good for an intro to ale. Experienced beer lovers may find this one a bit boring.

Zorro, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Amber color, looks good with medium head that did disappear after a while.
Smells of malt and a bit of lemon it seems.

Tastes like a full bodied bud, but still light. The color misleads as the malt is slight and the hops almost non-existant. Still it has a beer taste, not too fruity, not too bitter. Nothing spectacular, could drink a few.

Mebuzzard, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice small head which leaves pretty quick. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts. Nice taste for an amber ale, sweet with a dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice beer. Would recommend, but there are nicer amber's out there.

Wasatch, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper appearance. Decent sized bubbly beige head. Retention is adequate. Pretty good caramel tones on the nose. Some slight brown sugar maybe. Caramel maltiness is upfront on the palate. Some slight bitter hop notes. And maybe some light grass notes. Body is about medium. Carbonation adequate. Pretty average tasting amber.

Bighuge, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid deep amber color with the head modest in size, the texture frothy, the color a winsome light tan as it slowly disintegrates the lace left behind forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel, start is sweet, nice malt presence, top is middling in feel, Finish is a bit sour, or tart if you prefer, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate a decent drinking beer, and another nice all round beer from a nice all round brewery.

Gusler, Jan 22, 2004
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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.